1806 ENGLISH POETRY 1579-1830: SPENSER AND THE TRADITION

Thomas Park

Peter L. Courtier, in Lyre of Love (1806) 2:103.



Thomas Park, Esq. was born in 1760, and educated under the Rev. T. Christopherson, at Heighington, near Lincoln. Here he continued beyond the period usually allotted for school-instruction, from an assurance of being placed in the Imprest Office, by the late Auditor. That expectation however failing, and some casual propensity for Drawing having evinced itself, he was consigned to Graphical pursuits, and produced several specimens of his progress in mezzotinto. But the pen seems to have divided his attention with the pencil; and he was stimulated by Cowper to let the fruits of this predilection appear in a volume of Sonnets, printed in 1797, and favourably received. Since then, the name of Mr. Park frequently occurs as a contributor to literary works, particularly those relating to our early vernacular poets and poetry, by Ritson, Ellis, and Nicholls. In 1802 he was elected F.S.A. He republished Harrington's Nugae Antiquae, with explanatory Notes, in 1804; and furnished, during the same year, Poetical Illustrations to the Princess Elizabeth's designs of Cupid turned Volunteer. He is reported to be studiously engaged in preparing a very extended edition. of the Royal and Noble Authors; and he is now supplying a Collated Text for Sharpe's elegant cabinet series of the British Poets.